Sarah Blakely turned her savings into a billion dollar company.
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11 Secrets To Success of Top Athletes, Founders, and CEOs

Nathan Baugh, Matt Trombley

Top athletes, founders, and CEOs have more in common than you think. Here are 11 secrets to their success:

Focus internally, on things you can control. Block out the stuff you can't. Things you can control:

  • Effort
  • Intent
  • Attitude

Cultivate an unflappable, almost illogical belief in yourself. Sarah Blakely bootstrapped a billion-dollar company with $5k from her savings. Carson Wentz pursued football as a 0-star recruit and became the #2 pick in the NFL Draft. Bet on yourself.

Bias for action. If you're not moving, you're going backward.

Execution > gameplan. Strategy this, mission that. Without execution, none of it matters.

"A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week." — General George S. Patton

Process over results. You don’t rise to the level of your goals, you fall to the level of your systems. Hat tip to @JamesClear on Twitter.

Prepare for anything. You're meeting with someone tomorrow. Or you’ve got a game on Saturday. There's no excuse not to know everything about that person or about your opponent.

Data matters, but instinct matters more.

"All of my best decisions in business and in life have been made with heart, intuition, guts… not analysis." — Jeff Bezos

Do what you said you'd do. This one is stupid simple - but so few follow through. Following through creates trust, makes you reliable, and moves the ball forward.

Increase the intensity. The most successful people have an extra gear, an extra intensity that comes out when it needs to. They make sh*t happen.

Details matter. The leaders of New Zealand’s All Blacks rugby team sweep the shed after a match. Why? Because small things become big things. Hat tip to @SahilBloom on Twitter.

Work intentionally. Hard work matters. But focusing your effort effectively is much more likely to make you successful. Leo Messi walks 83% of a soccer game. The other 17% makes him the best player in the world.

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